Go Forth, and Weld

Writing in today's Wall Street Journal, Josh Mandel says "it is becoming increasingly hard to defend the vanishing of shop class from the curriculum." According to Mandel: 

Too many young people have four-year liberal-arts degrees, are thousands of dollars in debt and find themselves serving coffee at Starbucks or working part-time at the mall. Many of them would have been better off with a two-year skilled-trade or technical education that provides the skills to secure a well-paying job.

A good trade to consider: welding. I recently visited Pioneer Pipe in the Utica and Marcellus shale area of Ohio and learned that last year the company paid 60 of its welders more than $150,000 and two of its welders over $200,000. The owner, Dave Archer, said he has had to turn down orders because he can't find enough skilled welders.


$150,000? Not bad. See the rest of Mandel's op-ed here. 

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